Oct 15 2009

Web 2.0, construction and climate change

So it’s Blog Action Day and the topic is climate change. I signed up for the 10:10 campaign a while ago and following the campaign’s presentation at last week’s Be2camp@WorkingBuildings unconference, Be2camp is now also a 10:10 organisation.

This set Martin Brown wondering what we, as Web 2.0 enthusiasts in the architecture, engineering, construction and facilities management business, can do to play our part in carbon reduction. Picking up on some of the themes from one of my Be2campWB presentations, this was my contribution to the Be2camp forum:

Here’s some quick suggestions (in no particular order) to get us going:

  • Hold more meetings online/virtually – cut travel-related carbon emissions
  • Collaborate electronically – avoid transport of paper, CDs, etc
  • Collaborate electronically – avoid consumption of printing consumables, use of printers, copiers
  • Adopt SaaS-based IT (accessable via browser) – no need for expensive, high spec PC
  • Adopt SaaS-based IT (online hosting) – software located in one place and frequently utilised, not multiple locations where it mainly remains idle
  • Consult/collaborate early – undertake community/end-user consultation processes online (eg: YouCanPlan) and early in design process to avoid costly design/construction mistakes
  • Consult/collaborate late – undertake post-occupancy community/end-user consultation processes online to learn lessons, capture them (Wiki) and apply to future projects
  • Campaign online – use Web 2.0 to build broad coalition/consensus on climate change, and link different elements of the movement
  • Build connected environments – tools like Pachube can give us real-time reports on our carbon habits (no more ‘guesstimates’!)
  • Apply open standards, open source – avoid huge interoperability issues (highlighted by the US NIST report) that prevent us re-using information, necessitating rekeying, etc
  • Engage/Empower Gen Y and Gen Z – The Generation for Collaboration (G4C) are the future of the AEC-related professions – get them applying their ideas, enthusiasm and energy to cut carbon now and throughout their careers

I am sure there are more things we could do (Martin has followed up with a forum contribution of his own list), so if you have any ideas feel free to add them.

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